Future Duke wing Seth Curry might be as close to a sure thing as you can get in recruiting as a transfer from Liberty University.
When evaluating high school players, coaches always have to project how they might fare against ACC competition. The problem with that is, the high school players are being guarded by other high school players.
Curry already has demonstrated what he can do against the ACC. He scored 26 points with four 3-pointers on Nov. 25 as Liberty defeated Virginia 86-82 in Charlottesville, Va.
On Dec. 7 at Clemson, Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points in an 80-75 loss. Those numbers, even more than the 20.3 points per game that made him the nation’s leading freshman scorer, made him attractive to ACC coaches.
Curry’s father, Dell, confirmed Sunday that Curry has committed to Duke. Scout.com analyst Dave Telep predicted that Curry -- the brother of Davidson junior Stephen Curry -- will play a big role for the Blue Devils.
Telep also said sitting out one season, as NCAA rules demand transfer students must do, actually will benefit Curry because he needs to get stronger. Curry is listed as 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds on Liberty’s roster.
“The best thing that’s going to happen to Seth Curry is that he now has a year off to get his body prepared for the ACC,” Telep said. “There’s a significant difference between the Big South and the ACC, and he’s got one year to get his body ready to go for the rigors of that league.”
He already has demonstrated that he can score against ACC teams in isolated games. Adding some muscle should help prepare him for the cumulative pounding a full ACC schedule will exert on his body. – Ken Tysiac
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